Madame Vice President


Lucca Gomez

Nearly 200 years ago, women were marching up capitol hill to fight for women’s rights to vote. But on January 20th, 2021, Something major had been achieved. Vice President Harris had made history, and so have many other women who joined her.

Mrs. Kamala Devi Harris, born on October 20th, 1964, was officially elected Vice President during the Vice Presidential and Presidential Inauguration last week. She is now the highest-ranking female elected official in U.S. history, and the first African American and first South-Asian American Vice President. To add to this extraordinary moment in history, Kamala was sworn in by Sonya Sotamayer, the first latina to ever serve in the Supreme Court. After Harris recited the Oath of Office for the Vice President, Jennifer Lopez performed America the Beautiful and This Land is Your Land.

In order to get to this monumental time in history, she climbed an enormous mountain of political obstacles. During her time as an Attorney General, Madam Vice President had to confront some of her biggest oppositions, including the ban on same sex marriage, drug trafficking, sexual abuse, and gang violence. “ it’s incredible what people have done this year,” my mom says, “and this is a major turning point in history.” Later she served as a member of the Senate from 2017-2021. Before becoming Vice President, she was seen as a potential front-runner for President and rising star in the party. However, she did not do well in the Democratic primaries, dropping out of the Presidential running in December of 2019.

Okay, back to the present. After the Madam Vice President’s Inaugural Ceremony was completed, a 22 year old African-American girl Laureate winner named Amanda Gorman recited a powerful poem in front of the entire crowd of 40 million people (most of them watching through a device). Her poem, titled “The Hill we Climb”, was a stunning and beautiful piece of art that she had written herself. This poem reflects her own backstory, which paralleled with the Madam Vice President’s story saying, “We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves, and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, Only to find herself reciting for one.” Showing the world, like Vice President Harris-if you dream big, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.